ONTARIO — The Treasure Valley Community College baseball team held a moment of silence between games of their doubleheader with Walla Walla Community College on Wednesday. The reason was to honor Cory Holm, who died on Sunday due to complications with pneumonia.
Before the moment of silence, former TVCC coach and athletic director Rick Baumann stood behind home plate with current coach Steve Luby and assistants Greg Christensen and Brady Baker, while current athletic director Ed Aronson read a statement regarding Holm.
“Cory was a true Chukar,” Aronson read.
As a freshman (2011-12) at TVCC, Holm played for Baumann. Aaron Sutton took over in Holm’s sophomore year.
Holm suffered a major neck injury during a college baseball game on Oct. 26, 2012. This happened in the Chukar World Series (a scrimmage where the TVCC roster is broken up into two teams, that play a seven-game series). Holm, who played center field, ran after a fly ball, and as he dove for the ball, he hit his head on the outfield wall. According to Baumann, Holm had to be taken via LifeFlight to Boise.
“That night, he was sitting up in his bed and had no feeling in his lower extremities,” Baumann said. “The doctor said that he thought that would just be a temporary thing.”
But Holm took a turn for the worse: He had multiple organs fail and went into a coma for about a week, according to Baumann.
“That night, he almost died,” Baumann said. “When he woke up, he was a quadriplegic.”
Baumann said Holm contracted pneumonia several times over the past few years due to a weakened immune system.
According to Baumann, Holm’s step-dad, Mick Dietz, was his primary caregiver.
“His family had been unbelievable through all of this,” Baumann said.
Luby, who has been with the Chukars for seven years, was an assistant coach when Holm was on the team.
“He was just a solid young man,” Luby said. “When he crashed into the wall there, it was heartbreaking. It was really heartbreaking for everyone. And he had a very caring and loving family. Him passing is a real tragedy.”
Originally from Emmett, Holm was a three-sport athlete with the Huskies.
In the spring of 2012, Holm was given all-NWAACC honors, he finished the season with a .370 batting average with 44 hits, 15 walks and 13 stolen bases.
Holm graduated from TVCC in 2013.
The family has not yet released information regarding a funeral service.